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Episode 43 – Rising Above with Natasha Guynes

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Natasha Guynes understands all too well the inspirational power of a story. For years, she hid her own, fearful it would destroy the successful career she had built on Capitol Hill. This week on the Make Meaning podcast, Natasha talks with Lynne Golodner about her journey through homelessness and addiction, how supportive mentors helped her break down walls of shame and isolation, and how she helps vulnerable young women do the same. Bravely sharing her story gave Natasha the confidence to create HER Resiliency Center. She finds meaning by using her past to help others build futures. Hear Natasha’s story of resilience here:

What is your personal brand? Is it tied up in what you do for a living? Or does it go deeper? We think identity comes from what we do professionally – but what if our professional lives were inspired by bumps in our personal roads? Isn’t that an essential part of your brand – how you got here? 

Check out this week’s episode as Lynne and Natasha discuss:

  • Natasha’s story of addiction and her road to healing and stability
  • Breaking down barriers of shame and isolation
  • The power of mentorships to support, build up, and provide opportunity
  • Giving back in gratitude for what had been given
  • The birth of HER Resiliency Center
  • Guiding young women on the path to a new life
  • Finding freedom in the storytelling and meaning in the journey

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Be sure to tune in July 1, when we celebrate the first anniversary of the Make Meaning Podcast and discuss the 75th Anniversary of D-Day – the battle that marked the beginning of the end of World War II. Our Special Guest is Lynne’s dad, Norman Cohn, our very first guest on Make Meaning one year ago, and Lynne’s Best Business Advisor! Catch that first episode here.